2017-04-20 / State/Regional

Maine cities launch food-waste recycling program

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — Two Maine cities are starting a food waste recycling program.

South Portland and Scarborough will debut their weekly curbside food pickup program Thursday at ecomaine's energy plant in Portland.

Both cities have partnered with ecomaine, University of Southern Maine and an Exeter dairy farm for the pilot program.

Officials say methane from the collected food will be converted into electricity. City leaders hope to reduce how much food residents send to incinerators and landfills.

Experts say converting food waste into energy is a more efficient use of the organic matter.

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